An increase in infections and deaths, hospitalizations with symptoms and intensive care are also on the rise. This is what emerges from the independent monitoring of the Gimbe Foundation for the week 21-27 July. In detail, compared to the previous week, 111 deaths were recorded (+ 46.1%); +24 in intensive care (+ 14.5%); +417 hospitalized with symptoms (+ 34.9%); +20,559 home isolation (+ 42.9%); 31,963 new cases (+ 64.8%); +21,000 cases currently positive (+ 42.6%). “The virus circulates more than documented by the new cases identified, in fact we have entered the fourth wave”, says the president of the Nino Cartabellotta Foundation. In the week 21-27 July, compared to the previous one, in all regions except Molise there is a percentage increase in new cases and in 40 provinces the incidence exceeds 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Three provinces have over 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants: Caltanissetta (272), Cagliari (257) and Ragusa (193). After 15 weeks of decline, deaths are also rising again: 111 in the last week, with an average of 16 per day compared to 11 in the previous week. “After the first signs of recovery recorded last week – says Renata Gili, manager Research on Health Services of the Gimbe Foundation – a slight increase in hospitalizations is confirmed, documenting the hospital impact of the increased viral circulation “. Overall, the number of beds occupied by Covid patients in the medical area increased from 1,088 in 16 July to 1,611 of 27 July and that of intensive care from 151 of 14 July to 189 of 27 July, even if the percentages remain very low: nationally 3% in the medical area and 2% in intensive care, with all Regions they record values well below 15% for the medical area and 10% for the critical area. “Daily admissions to intensive care – explains Marco Mosti, operational director of the Gimbe Foundation – continue to slowly increase: the 7-day moving average is 14 admissions / day compared to 10 in the previous week”. “New cases continue to rise. weekly, underestimated – warns Cartabellotta – by the insufficient testing activity and the failure to resume contact tracing, made more and more difficult by the increase in positives “. In fact, in the face of a surge in the positive / person ratio tested from 1.8% in the week of 30 June-6 July to 9.1% on the 21-27 July – highlights the Gimbe report – the moving average of new cases has experienced a downturn in the past week.
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